Centrally Sponsored Scheme for Vocationalization of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education under National Skill Qualification Framework
The National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) is a competency based framework that organises all qualification to a series of level of knowledge, skill and aptitude. This comprises of 10 Levels. Level 1 represents the lowest level of competency and Level 10 represents the highest level of competency. This is specially designed to upskill the underprivileged sector, semi-skilled and un-skilled population for better employability.
CSS for VSHSE was launched by Ministry of HRD to integrate employability education into school education under NSQF. The main objective of the scheme is to enhance employability of youth through market demand based modular vocational courses, to fill the gap between educated and employable and to reduce the dropout rate of secondary education.
Since the scheme focuses on the knowledge and skills required for a particular job in the market, the students become job ready. The knowledge acquired through market demand based job roles and trades are very helpful for students who are not interested in higher studies, rather looking for employment after completion of intermediate level. In between the studying of 4 levels, the students can take up internships which provide them stipend and get the ground level working and practical knowledge. The scheme is also helpful for employers who can reduce investment of training cost.
Empower Pragati is an NSDC affiliated training partner, implementing the CSS for VSHSE since 2013. Presently we are operational in 16 states with 1181 schools and 1220 vocational trainers. We are implementing vocational courses to more than 65,000 students annually in 9 trades in the above mentioned schools. The sectors covered are Beauty Wellness, Agriculture, Retail, Telecom, Electronics & Hardware, Media & Entertainment, BFSI, Multi Skilling, IT-ITeS.
As a stake holder of the project we always strive for quality implementation and monitoring process to achieve project deliverables and the desired social impact. Several initiatives include, inspiring trainers to implement value education to students apart from the syllabus to ensure morality along with skilling. Interaction with vocational coordinators & vocational trainers and school principals in regular interval. Feedback is taken from all of them for the betterment of the project. Since the trainers are the vital part of the project, overall development of trainers for both career progression as well as training delivery methods are undertaken. Corrective measures undertaken for improvement of trainer wise performance.
Training Evaluation and Monitoring Process